This course looks at defining moments that led to modern health and medicine, beginning with the ancient world leading up to the development of ‘modern’ institutionalized medicine at the birth of the 20th Century. Focus will be on changing ideas about the causes of disease and the possibilities of medicine, but also on the broader conceptions of health, life and death and their social/cultural place. This class also stands as the Core Area Credit in the Medical Humanities Certificate Program.

Summer term: May 6 – May 28